Text Box: PIANIST autographed BOOKS


Phone: 212-860-5541


Price: $450.00



We offer a rare second edition examples of Hans von Bülow Briefe und Schriften, Briefe I Band, 1841-1855 (510 pages) and Briefe. Band, 1853 - 1855 Mit einem Bildnis (402 pages with an index of Band I & II), edited and compiled by Marie von Bülow, both 1899, Breitkopf & Härtel, Leipzig. Bülow’s 2nd wife, Marie has also added an autographed dedication to the German sculptor Joseph von Kopf who resided in Rome after 1852.


 "I've always just written
How I feel it, how I mean it,
And so I split myself, dear ones,
And am always the same one."

To Mr. and Mrs. Professor von Kopf
grateful for friendly hours
Marie von Bulow
Rome, Spring 1899.


The quoted paragraph at the top is the final stanza from Goethe’s, Zahme Xenien 6.


Marie von Bülow, née Schanzer (1857-1941) met von Bülow in 1877 who had come to see her act in Karlsruhe.  Divorced since 1870, the pianist was embroiled in the affair between his wife Cosima and Richard Wagner for 5 years at that point.  When Bülow moved to become the Hofkapellmeister of Meinigen in 1880, Marie gorgeous and a well respected Austrian born actress joined the world-famous Hoftheater there.  They married in 1882.  Bülow was a modern thinker and did not have an issue with his wife continuing with her career as an actress.  In 1884, Georg II, the Duke of Sax Meinigen apparently had an eye for Marie and his third wife, Ellen Franz, a concert pianist, whose pet project was the theater dismissed her.  The timing could not have been better for her husband, as she decided not to pursue her career further at that point and instead became the wife Cosima never really was for the pianist, travelling and supporting him in his career and becoming the politically correct part of the couple, as he was often outspoken in public.  He also began experiencing the neurological problems not long after and Marie was a comfort to him during the frequent bouts of pain.  He resigned the Meinigen post in 1885 and left for Hamburg where they settled in 1887.  Bülow in 1887 was organizing the brand new Berlin Philharmonic and commuting between Berlin and Hamburg at the time.  He remained with the orchestra until 1892, when his neurological disorder became so intense in 1893, he sought help from the Pankow Hospital for Nervous Diseases as a resident patient.  In March, he was diagnosed with Bright’s disease and rather than returning to Hamburg which was in the middle of a cholera pandemic, went to Aschaffenburg.  The pair arrived in Hamburg, where Marie learned of a hospital in Egypt which had success curing his Bright’s disease.  Confirmed by Richard Strauss, who had spent time in the hospital the prior year, they began their trip to Cairo in January, 1894.  He passed away in February, shortly after his arrival there.


After Bülow’s death, the dedicated Marie decided to secure her husband’s legacy.  She compiled as many of Bülow’s letters of significance between family members and people of importance from 1892 on and published the first two volumes in 1895. Our edition, the second published in 1899 and autographed and inscribed by Marie in the year of that printing to the German sculptor Joseph von Kopf (1827-1903), who was a minor noble awarded to him in 1897 along with the Order of the Württemburg crown.  He was awarded the title of Professor ant the Prussian Red Eagle Award after 1864.  He was known for his naturalistic Romanesque sculptures.  He had maintained a studio in Rome from 1852 until his death.  His studio was always filled with the celebrities, nobility and wealthy clients of the day as in addition to his work, it was known for its’ elegance.  Grand Duke Friedrich I of Baden-Baden paid for a studio to be built for him there and from Summer, 1874 until he gave the studio back to the Duchy in 1892, it was a place for guests to commission their sculptures. In our research, we also discovered he was a landscape watercolorist and often would enter his paintings into various gallery shows and they have appeared at auction recently.


Marie’s letters of her husband have been reprinted at least twenty times since their initial release in 1895.  Interestingly, her acting career was not over and after completing her 7 volumes of books on her husband in 1908, she went back to stage acting and further found a new calling in film acting, starring in some 44 silent films in Germany and Austria between the years 1915 and 1923. 


A most interesting pair of books and dedication.  The volumes are quite fine and clean in the inside with very minor foxing in a few parts.  The original contemporary binding is worn at the spine to some degree with 1/4 Moroccan at spine and tips with an interesting iridescent relief central artistic central panel in excellent condition on the front and back of each volume.